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of 1927. >>> the fda is recommending new guidelines for women who take the sleeping drug ambien. coming after years of complaints of people still feeling drowsy the morning after taking the medication and in some cases getting into car accidents. you might recall ambien was found in keri kennedy's system last july. so what do these new guidelines recommend then? >> well, it's a recommendation, and what we're trying to do is make sure that women who metabolize the medication slower than men don't take the medicine and get up in the morning and go get in a car. it's not uncommon to do this, but the recommendations are coming out now, many of the people practicing clinically have known this for years. >> if we do metabolize slower than men, what are some of the side effects for women who have taken too much for their body weight. >> it's a great medicine to induce sleep, but not a great medicine at keeping you at sleep. the general recommendations are that you take it for a two to six-week period. you really want to modify the behavior whatever is causing the insomnia, probably the first l
and drug administration wants the makers of ambien and other popular sleep aids to lower their dosages. >>> and python, hitches a ride on the wing of an airplane. captioning funded by cbs >>> this is the "cbs morning news" for friday, january 11th, 2013. good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. colorado shooting suspect james holmes will face trial for july's deadly attack. holmes is due to be arraigned today, but his lawyers are likely to ask for a delay. following a three-day hearing a judge ruled late last night the prosecutors have enough evidence to proceed with the case. holmes faces 166 felony counts on the charges that he killed 12 people and wound 70 others. he's held without bail. the ruling comes as washington searches for ways to curb gun use. they include a ban on assault weapons, limits on high capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks for gun buyers. the recommendations are based on a week's worth of meetings of advocates on both sides of the issue including a sit-down with the nra on thursday. surn mcginnis is in washington. s
to do if it hits. >>> a big wake-up call tonight about ambien and a bunch of other brands, especially their use by women. >>> the news of another school shooting. the very moment they were meeting at the white house about gun violence in america. all the president's men and the women in washington who are saying "that's the problem." and. >>> and the whale watch that has captivated the world and the mystery that remains. "nightly news" begins now. >>> from nbc news world headquarters in new york, this is "nbc nightly news" with brian williams. >>> good evening. with the flu at epidemic levels, already in some american cities and now with the media coverage of it, it's all having a predictable effect. while it's late in the game, people are streaming in to get flu shots, hoping to avoid a very serious illness. the kind that has overwhelmed even some hospitals. one doctor in minnesota where there have been 27 deaths due to the flu said today the spread of this virus this winter is pretty much unparalleled. some places are running out of inoculations. others are dealing with the sick. in
warning tonight for women. it's about ambien and other brands of sleeping pills, and what can happen for some. and later, it will be one for the ages at the oscars. a race for best actress, far starters, like we've never seen before. makers of ambien need to lower their dosage because of what can happen the next morning. the story here, the effect is especially risky for women. our report tonight from nbc's tom costello. >> looks like the south 5 is miserable still. >> reporter: it's the morning rush hour, but is that driver in the lane next to you fully awake? the fda says it's received more than 700 reports of driving-related mishaps and terrible accidents related to common sleeping aids like ambien. drivers too drowsy to concentrate the morning after taking a sleeping pill. in carey kennedy's case, she claims to have taken ambien in the morning and crashed into a truck. >> i remember getting on the highway, and then i have no memory. >> reporter: now, with research showing sleeping medications can remain in the bloodstream longer than previously thought, especially in women, the f
. important new recommendations for women who use the popular sleeping pill ambien. i have never encountered such a burning sensation... until i had the shingles. it was like a red rash. like somebody had set a bag of hot charcoal on my neck. i had no idea it came from chickenpox. it's something you never want to encounter. for more of the inside story visit shinglesinfo.com some parts of the bay area are under a freeze warning right now. and shelters are filling up. how long this chill is expected to stick around. one day after the school shooting in central california: the gunman's possible motive. and the teacher, hailed as a hero. and the world's most advanced passenger plane, touching down for the first time in the bay area this morning. one thing that's already here: its shaky reputation. join us for cbs 5 eyewitness news this morning... beginning at 4:30. good morning. it's friday >>> here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. washington, rain, 52. atlanta, 67. partly sunny in st. louis, 66. showers in denver, 32. occasional showers in seattle, 36 degrees
you need ambien to help you sleep at night? why the fda is going to start cracking down on just how much is in that pill that your doctor gives you. >>> and we know you love all the dirty details, but wait until you see what kind of nasty stuff russ is serving up next in this week's food alert. >>> i'm meteorologist topper shutt. 57 was the high. another day in paradise. your wake-up weather chilly to start. temperatures 32 to 40 by 5:00 and clouds. 7:00 30s. by 9:00, 38 to 46. now, just cloudy in the morning with a little bit of sun. we'll come back and let you know if you need to take your >>> ladies, i've got a health alert for all of us tonight. there could be a new way to detect two dangerous forms of cancer before it is too late. there's a good chance you've already had this test. i'm talking about a pap smear. it is used to detect cervical cancer but it may also find cervical cancers as well. doctors are using a genome sequencing with this. it's super early in the research. they're going into the next phase. right now there's no reliable way to pick up ovarian cancer early, s
died. please are still looking for suspects in that case. >> straight ahead, sleeping pills like ambien are very popular. why tonight the fda wants to lower dosages for women. >>> a change in the weather, has caused some killer whales w [ male announcer ] now at your neighborhood subway: the big hot pastrami melt. we've perfected the pastrami sandwich -- filled with juicy pastrami, pickles, yellow mustard and melted cheese. all piled-high on freshly baked bread. taste one at your local subway today! subway. eat fresh. >>> there's some breaking news tonight about the secret service prostitution scandal. nbc news has learned exclusively that two drug enforcement administration agents facilitated a sexual encounter between a prostitute and a secret service agent. that information comes from a justice department investigation into the scandal, a scandal which started before president obama's trip to colombia last april. according to the record, a total of three d.e.a. agents admitted to hiring prostitutes and arranging encounters those encounters through their government blackberries. the r
: ambien are among the most commonly prescribed sleeping aids. the drug can stay in your system up to 12 hours. most side effects are minor. less common side effect known as complex sleep related behaviors are cause for concern. >> that's the sleep driving, eating and sleep without awareness, sleep walking. >> i remember getting on the highway and then i have no memory. >> reporter: kerry kennedy took ambien and sideswipe ad truck. it was in the system of her cousin when he crashed into a concrete barrier in '06. and in texas, a woman mixed am bean and alcohol and doesn't remember running over two young girls and their mother. a man in southern illinois took four and then drove into a highway construction crew, killing one and injuring three others. >> actually just as bad as drinking and driving. >> reporter: researchers at ohio university use a driving simulator to stud write and help improve road safety. dr. mci will invoice and her team created a program to test the driving skills of someone under the influence of ambien. that someone was me. first, i went through a few trials to get
containing zolpidem, such as ambien. allergic reactions such as shortness of breath or swelling of your tongue or throat may occur and may be fatal. intermezzo should not be taken if you have taken another sleep medicine at bedtime or in the middle of the night or drank alcohol that day. do not drive or operate machinery until at least 4 hours after taking intermezzo and you're fully awake. driving, eating, or engaging in other activities while not fully awake without remembering the event the next day have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, or confusion. alcohol or taking other medicines that make you sleepy may increase these risks. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. intermezzo, like most sleep medicines, has some risk of dependency. common side effects are headache, nausea, and fatigue. so if you suffer from middle-of-the-night insomnia, ask your doctor about intermezzo and return to sleep again. ♪ ♪ edition of "insomniac theater" and the time of year when we realize, at least
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. >>> and now, a warning for millions of people who take sleeping pills like ambien. today, the fda said there is evidence that these pills can stay in the body longer than thought. including among drivers behind the wheel. and they plan to change the way some people use it, especially women. here's abc's lisa stark, who saw first-hand why. >> reporter: we showed you how dangerous it is to drive under the influence of ambien. here i am in a driving simulator, 30 minutes after taking the pill. am i on the wrong side of the road? 90 minutes after downing the medication. i totally fell asleep for a second. and at four hours, still obviously impaired. now, it turns out even those who wait the recommended eight hours after taking ambien and its generic versions may still be too impaired to drive. it's especially true for women who, for some unknown reason, do not clear the medicine as quickly. new studies show that after taking a regular 10 milligram ambien or its generic, 15% of women will still be impaired eight hours later. and after taking the extended release version, a whopping 33% won'
's right. >> i've never been a big -- what is it called? the ambien stuff, but i'll pop a tylenol p.m. so we've got to take those things a little more carefully. >>> and then in "the skinny," kelly ripka wants to make a huge change in her life and it's part of a multimillion dollar decision. we'll bring you the scoop. >> get a little glimpse into how miss ripka is living. >> it's fascinating. >> it is pretty cool. >>> before all of that, this year's fierce outbreak of the flu is forcing even more communities to take action. outside of tulsa, oklahoma, no one is going to school today because a quarter of the students are already sick. >> the extreme measures are keeping big city hospitals busy. as abc's linsey davis reports. >> reporter: all day long, dr. ron walls is rushing down the hall. a squirt of hand sanitizer and he's off to battle more flu. >> it's going to take you two or three weeks to feel really good again. >> reporter: he's wearing a face mask because he can't afford to be sick. not now with bringham hospital overrun with flu case s this patient has been battling the flu for
for the millions of americans who take popular sleep medications, including ambien. why doctors are now telling women, in particular, to cut their doses in half. we'll explain that, savannah. >>> all right. and then a family in ohio, dealing with a rather bizarre problem. take a look at what happens when fire gets near the faucet. the water literally explodes into flames. and, as it turns out, this is not an isolated problem. we'll tell you what's behind it. but we will begin this morning with the winter storm taking aim at people here on the west coast to the great lakes. al has the forecast details. good morning to you. >> good morning, savannah. we've got a big storm system. let's go to the video, show you what people have been dealing with out west from utah on into parts of nevada. anywhere from 6 to 12" of snow. travel has been hazardous, at best. and it's just going to get worse. we've added to that a lot of strong wind activity. let's look at the radar. right now it doesn't look that impressive. it doesn't get through the mountains there. but if you get underneath this, we are seeing sn
. the fda is ordering the makers of ambien and other sleep medications to hav the doses. the fda has received more than 700 reports of driving related mishappens related to common sleep aids like ambien. >>> defense secretary leon panetta warns the military could be hollowed out if congress doesn't come to a budget deal. acting before congress does or the automatic cuts take effect, panetta ordered cost cutting measures including delaying contracts and a freeze on hiring. both panetta and general martin dempsey, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff agree military readiness should not be affected. >> if fiscal uncertainty has become a very serious threat to our national security. >> readiness is what's now in jeopardy. we're on the brink of creating a hollow force, the very thing we said we must avoid. >> secretary panetta said he intends to stemt u.s. troops from any cuts. >>> the afghan president hamid karzai will hold a meeting today with president obama about troop levels. in advance of that he met with secretary of state hillary clinton about handing off security responsibil
is reportedly 400 times dirtier than the average toilet seat. >>> the fda is ordering the makers of ambien and other sleep medications to cut in half the dosage of those drugs especially for woman it can stay in the levels of blood to make it difficult to drive or concentrate the next morning. women metabolize the sleeping pills more slowly than men. the fda says it's received more than 700 reports of driving-related mishaps related to common sleep aids like ambien. >>> defense secretary leon panetta is moving to prepare for drastic military cuts if congress can't reach a deal on a budget and automatic spending cuts take effect. panetta has ordered cost cutting measures including delaying contracts and a freeze on hiring. both panetta and general martin dempsey, the chairman of joints chief of staff agree that the military readiness should not be affected. >> this fiscal uncertainty has become a very are serious threat. for national security. readiness is now what's in jeopardy. we're on the brink of creating a hollow force. the very thing we said we must avoid. >> secretary panetta has sa
a chemical found in ambient in her -- ambien in her system. >> reporter: that's why the new rule applies to them. they are also recommending lowering the doses for men, but it won't be mandatory. >> reporter: millions of americans, they take ambien and other drugs containing that drug to treat their insome knee yeah -- insomnia. >> because of the different brain chemicals that control the sleepiness of the brain. >> they released a statement saying that the individuals taking the drug should always talk to their doctor about the most appropriate dose. and that these medicine, they should not be used if individuals are unable to get the recommended 7 to 8 hours to sleep. and the fda says that patients, they should continue taking their currently prescribed dose until they could talk to their doctor. teresa garcia, cbs news, denver, colorado. >>> and now they point out that the extended release forms of these drugs, they have the highest risk for impairment the next morning as you can imagine. >>> all right, no doubt, hollywood is all a buzz tonight about the oscar nominations announced to
. >>> well health news in the sleep aid ambien. why the fda wants to you take even less of it. evidence now shows that these pills can cause big problems especially for women. lisa stark saw it firsthand. >> showed you how dangerous it is to drive under the influence of ambien. here i am in a driving simulator 30 minutes after taking the pill. >> am i on the right side of the road. >>reporter: 90 minutes after downing the education -- medication. 4 hours? still obviously impaired. now it turns out even those who wait the recommended eight hours after taking ambien and generic version may still be too im paivrd to dry. it's especially true for women. who for some unknown reason do not clear the immediate as quickly. new studies show that after taking a regular 10 milligram ambien or generic, 15 percent of women will still be impaired eight hours later. after taking the extended relief version? whopping 33 percent won't be alert enough for things like driving. so the fda says the new recommended dose for women half of what it is now. but first check with your doctor. those relying on
a major change that could affect the way you sleep, why the feds are lowering the doses of ambiens and other sleeping pills. >> and later the special honor that will help chuck brown's legacy live on in the district. >>> this is fox 5 news at 10:00. >>> in tonight's health alert a major change that could affect sleeping patterns for people that suffer from insomnia. the fda is ordering lower doses of ambien and other sleeping pills to prevent side effects. fox's anna coyman has more. >> reporter: if you have efforts with sleeping, a new decision by the fda could leave you tossing and turning. the agency is now ordering drugmakers to lower dosages of the drug. >> for a lot of patients it's becoming a little addictive, you know, and they rely on ambien constantly now to go to sleep. >> reporter: according to the centers for disease control and prevention, about 70 million americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. last year alone doctors issued close to 40 million prescriptions for sleep inducing drugs like ambien and while the meds are said to be nonhabit forming, their lingeri
. there is a big change tonight for the nine million americanse who take the sleep aid ambien. the government said today that the recommended dose for women should be cut in half, and a lower dose is recommended for men as well. dr. john lapook has been looking into this for us. >> well, scott, the active ingredient in ambien, the fda decision comes from lab studies that show, eight hours after somebody takes a normal standard dose of ambien, the drug levels in the blood are potentially capable of causing a driving problem in 15% of women and 3% of men. it's even higher in the extended form of the drug-- that's 33% of women and 25% of men. >> pelley: eight hours afterwards. >> eight hours later. >> pelley: there are other sleep medications on the market. what about them? >> the fda specifically stressed this. any sleep medication has the potential to cause drowsiness, and people need to think about this and adjust their taking ofr that medication accordingly. >> pelley: john, thanks very much. defense secretary leon panetta said today that he is very concerned about what would happen to syria's c
in prescription drugs. >> why taking ambien could lead to more car accidents in the year ahead. >> but first, police want to know what caused a crash on i- 95. >> i am rob roblin. the first baby born in the area at this new year. that story, coming up. >> live, local, late breaking -- you are watching wba l tv 11 news at 5:00 p.m. with stan stovall, donna hamilton, you're into whether forecast with chief into whether forecast with chief meteorologist -- into whether excuse me, sir i'm gonna have to ask you to power down your little word game. i think your friends will understand. oh no, it's actually my geico app...see? ...i just uh paid my bill. did you really? from the plane? yeah, i can manage my policy, get roadside assistance, pretty much access geico 24/7. sounds a little too good to be true sir. i'll believe that when pigs fly. ok, did she seriously just say that? geico. just click away with our free mobile app. good evening, this is flo. [laughs] yes, i'm that flo. aren't you sweet! licensed phone-ups available 24/7. call 1-800-progressive. >> baltimore county police are investigatin
. the fda is ordering lower doses of ambien to prevent reported harmful side affects. >> reporter: ive have you have issues sleeping, a new effort could leave you tossing and turning and the agency ordering lower dosages. >> it's addictive and they rely on ambien constantly to go to sleep. >> reporter: 70 million americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. last year alone, the doctors issued close to 40 million prescriptions for sleep- inducing drugs like ambien and while the meds are non-habit forming, the lingering affects could affect your alertness. >> and we have seen a lot of people getting themselves in automobile accidents where they're driving and, gan, they lose the cognitive connection with their driving skills. >> reporter: it can interfere with driving and increasing the risk of car accidents. the key ingredient in the pills stays in woman's bodies longer. they're ordering drug makers to cut doses of regular pills in half to 5 milligrams for women and suggest they consider low dose ams for men as well. the fda received a number of reports of cooks accidents over the years and
is making news for an entire different reason. >>> and ladies taking ambien, listen up. the fda has some new rules for us who take that sleep medication. >>> we begin with that lance armstrong bombshell. "usa today" reports that armstrong will admit to doping on monday in an interview with, who else, oprah winfrey. armstrong has denied doping allegation in the past. some believe he would have a lot to gain from admitting it now. >> according to sources, he's kind of realized that his own children are going to eventually learn the truth, and it's going to be embarrassing if he hasn't said it at that point. i think he's behind the eight ball. critics will say, good, you know, he's come clean, he's said this. let's forgaive him now. that probably is the right thing at one level. >> our nick valencia has been following the story. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> what could be the legal consequences if he does indeed tell oprah that he has been doping? because he's been denying it for so long. >> he's repeatedly denied it. that's angering his legion of fans and others watching the story.
it was for my interest view for "red eye" and i took ambien and there was a family there and i woke up and everybody was gone. everybody. there was people here and people here and people there and they all moved. all on the floor were torn pages from a magazine. to this day i don't know what i did. >> i have to try ambien. >> what it does is puts you to sleep, but you still hear -- it somehow links you to what is going on. if you have a fear of flying you will dream that the plane is crashing. you do [bleep] like this, stuff like this. >> ambien makes you swear? >> it does. we have to take a break. when we come back, we will talk about something. >>> tmz has caught justin bieber smoking pot, mary jane. he was not just holding it for someone. as i first suspected it. bieber addressed the shots via twitter writing every day growing and learning. trying to be better. you getting nod up. you get knocked down. that too. you get up. somebody has been listening to chumba-wumba. jason has this crushed your world view of bieber? >> the peck tour didn't even surprise me. i just read the news sto
for people who suffer from insomnia. the fda is ordering lower doses of ambien and other sleeping pill to prevent reported harmful side effects. >> reporter: if you have issues sleeping, a new effort by the food and drug administering could leave you tossing and turning in an attempt to stem the misuse of spring sleeping pills. the agency is now ordering drug makers to lower dosages of the drug. >> for a allot of patients, it is becoming a little addictive and they rely on ambien to go to sleep. >> reporter: according to the centers for disease control and prevention, about 70 million americans suffer from chronic sleep problems. last year alone, doctors issued close to 40 million descriptions for sleep-inducing drugs like ambien. >> we see a lot of people who have gotten themself in automobile accidents where they are driving and they lose that cognitive connection with their driving kills. >> reporter: research shows morning drowsiness can interfere with driving increasing the risk of car accidents. the fda now says a key ingredient in the pill stays in women's bodies longer. they ar
elsewhere. >>> a warning now. if you took ambien to help you sleep last night, you might want to wait a while before getting behind the wheel today. the fda says it received more than 700 reports of accidents caused by drivers still drowsy because they took a sleep aid. the problem is so serious, the agency is ordering the maker of ambien to cut the recommended dosage in half for women. that's because women process the drug much slower than men. >> i remember getting on the highway and then i have no memory -- >> i've seen everything from them nodding off while talking to me to them talking like in tongues. >> the maker of ambien said the sleep aid should not be taken unless the person can get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep. >>> let's check in with melissa mollet at the live desk with breaking news. >> this is just in to the newsroom. 12 prisoners, including al qaeda linked inmates await being execution, have escaped from a jail near baghdad. police say right now the manhunt is on. they escaped through windows of their cells and seized the weapons of guardsmaning observation to
procedure don. >>> a warning if you take ambien to help you sleep. you may want to wait a little while before getting behind the wheel. the faa received more than 700 reports of accidents caused by drivers still drousy because they took a sleep aid. the problem is so serious the agency is ordering the maker of ambien to cut the recommended dosage in hatch for women because their bodies retain the drug longer than men. >> i remember getting on the highway and then i have no memory. >> i have seen everything from them nodding off while their they're talking to me to them talking like in tongue. >> the maker of ambien says the sleep aid should not be taken at all unless the person taking it gets the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. >>> nearly a year after receiving the most extensive full-face transplant ever completed, 37-year-old richard lee norris is regaining the ability to speak and show expression. the university of maryland has recently released detailtion on hus amazing progress and doctor steven hopping joins us now to explain why this is, perhaps, the biggest medical s
que este medicamento para dormir bajara la dosis de ambien por el problema para concentración como para manejar automóviles así que llame a su médico. >> llego la hora de los deportes con antonieta collins. >> les cuento que tenemos a galindo en su hogar son santos y el domingo los director técnico se verán cara a cara., >> ♪. >> en la segunda fecha dos director técnico con más de 70 años de experiencia. >> las estadisticas muestran los resultados el ojitos mesa así hablo de manuel apuente., >> miguel es mi amigo trabajamos juntos como director técnico el y yo como auxiliar en cruz azul. >> y este partido lo podrán ver en univision. >> y martin esta lesionado por tiron en los gemelos así que bravo no jugara. >> ahí biden abre dialogo con industria del videojuegoel flu alcanza niveles de epidemia nueva politica migratoria en cubaque tal, les habla felix de bedoutel vicepresidente joe biden, encargado de la dificil tarea de hallar soluciones a la violencia con armas de fuego en el pais, se reunio con representantes de la industria de los videojuegos. nueve de las 10 re
of ambien to lower the amount of drug in the drug. doses will be lowered for men but it will not be mandatory. the changes apply to all insomnia treatments containing the drug which is sold under the brand ambien and several others. >> larry: all right. getting organized is one of your new year's resolutions, there are a lot of things to get the job done. >> carolyn: michael finney is here with helpful tips. >> what do couples argue about the most? money comes to mind but consumer reports survey shows 40% of a couples argue more about messes. here are new tools to help you clean up the clutter. >> this is overflowing with clothes and cluttered kitchen drawers. that is where a professional organizer comes to the rescue. >> a good general tip is to start with the very common areas of your space. the place that you are all the time. >> consumer reports shop smart consulted with professionals to find the latest tools. search through a drawer to find the right utensil. this system for $26 puts utensils in place so they don't slip. >> you cut the size down to fit any ki
. not being able to sleep sounds awful to me. in fact, i am always looking for excuses to ambien myself in everyday activities. this is not something i would be interested in. >> so you would sleep anywhere? >> sleeping right now. >> yes, good choice of words. >> nick, welcome back to the show. it has been almost four years. >> yes, it has. >> and glad to see you look exactly how you did when you left. >> like steve mariucci. >> when did that happen? >> you look like that guy in "shark tank" but without the billions. >> i think i know what you are talking about. >> do we need this drug if we already 1r oval teen? >> i only get two hours. my wife snores like a pirates. she is 5 foot 6 and 110 pounds. it is like, like that. >> there is no rhythm, is there? you don't know when it will be loud or soft. >> i pinch her nose and standing on her neck with my timber lands , sleeping in other women's weds. beds. but you only need a drug to stay awake for 23 hours, 22 hours? first of all change the name so a stripper can pronounce it. i can snort it off a mirror in a green room of a comedy club i
you. we will see you this weekend, we? prescription sleeping pills like ambien. >> ahead, what should be a wake- up call for patients. >> school tomorrow -- when we come back. >> we have rain to talk about. is s >> students at the park school in baltimore county should be able to return to class after a water main break. 11 news learns the 10 inch-main burst, and crews are back repainting the roadway. by this hour, everything should be back up and running. police in howard county say they have their man in connection with burglaries' plaguing the elegant city area. he is charged with at least four incidents over the last four months. it is alleged he hit homes in el cut city -- ellicott city. he is being held on $300,000 bail. >> in tonight's medical alert, a lot of my co-workers have been six. may be yours have, too. it looks like this it blew out break -- this flu outbreak will be costly for businesses. this number does not include lost productivity or work peg. the cdc is recommending every 16 months and older be vaccinated for the flu. million of people take ambien and similar dru
for america's fastest, most reliable internet. at 800-974-6006 tty/v. >>> millions rely on ambien to help them sleep, but health officials say some doses are dangerously high. shawn yancy has that and more in tonight's fox 5 top five. >> up first tonight, brian, why a popular radio station is changing its call letters. no. 5, wpgc radio will officially flip its call letters to wrg3 tomorrow. the station will bear the new call letters all weekend long to show redskins star robert griffin, iii how much the d.c. region loves and supports him. it is the first time in the station's history it's ever changed call letters. no. 4, langdon park in northeast d.c. will soon be home to a brand-new after theater named after the godfather of go go mr. chuck brown. the park has already been renamed chuck brown memorial park. the existing small stage there will be turned into a 900 seat amphitheater and should be ready sometime this summer. no. 3, new mortgage lending rules went into effect today and force banks to verify a borrower's ability to repay loans and not to lend to borrowers whose debt exceeds 43%
up in the medical watch the government issues a warning about the ambien sleeping drug. sleep drugs. sleepingsleep drug. be backin a treatment that goes only skin deep to help the heart delivering a powerful shock with less risk doctors hope the new device will go the distance with their young patients. watching this 37 year-old with his daughter you would never guess he is anything but perfectly healthy. he was feeling a little bit of pain but he didn't pay attention to it because he always exorcises a lot. constantly tired even after sleeping he finally sought help. the condition can lead to sudden cardiac arrest in this stops the heart's ability to pump blood. survival rate decreases by about 10%. carlos needed an implanted to approvaldifferdefibrillator. he said it was going to be a radical change for his life he was very very scared with good reason, it's not an easy installed. with the standard defibrillator doctors go down into the hearts lower chamber through the collarbone and even trickier exit if wires or electrodes need to be replaced down the road. the risk of dying
to protect you from predatory lending practices take effect this year. >> and if you rely on ambien to get a good night's rest, federal officials -- health officials have some new rules which will impact your life. >> happy friday. keep it right here, wusa9 returns in two minutes. >>> welcome back. 4:40 on this friday morning. a quiet this morning, we've got 30s and some 40s to start. could see a shower by noon but a better chance the rain will be developing after the noon hour with the highs in the upper 40s to around 50 degrees. much warmer 267s for the weekend and -- temperatures for the weekend and i'll tell you all about it in the next five minutes. right now monika with timesaver traffic. >>> a serious accident in carol county route 97 new washington road is shut down in both directions at route 26. liberty road. a medevac helicopter just left the scene and it will be closed through the rush hour. in pennsylvania avenue at prince george's county traffic is moving well. i'll be back with more traffic coming up at 4:47. andrea and mike? >>> thanks monika. time for the first your money
who take take popular sleep medications, medications including including ambien.bien, why doctors are now telling women, in particular, to cut their doses in half. doctors ari we'll explain that, savannah.ngr >>> all right. and then a family in ohio, dealing with a rather bizarre s? >>> all right. then a family in problem. ohio dealing with a rather bizarre pr take a look at what happens when fire gets near the faucet. the water fire gets near the faucet. the water literally explodes into flames.flt turns and, as it turns out, this is n not an isolated problem. we'll tell you what's behind it but we will begin this morning l with the winter storm taking aim at people here on the west coas taking aim at people from here to the great lakes. west coast e al has the forecast details. al's got the forecast details. al good morning to you. ,ng to you >> all right, good morning, savannah. we've got a big storm system. storm system.e video, show you what people have been dealing with out west from utah on into show you what people have been dealing with out west from utah on into parts o
not take intermezzo if you have had an allergic reaction to drugs containing zolpidem, such as ambien. allergic reactions such as shortness of breath or swelling of your tongue or throat may occur and may be fatal. intermezzo should not be taken if you have taken another sleep medicine at bedtime or in the middle of the night or drank alcohol that day. do not drive or operate machinery until at least 4 hours after taking intermezzo and you're fully awake. driving, eating, or engaging in other activities while not fully awake without remembering the event the next day have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, or confusion. alcohol or taking other medicines that make you sleepy may increase these risks. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. intermezzo, like most sleep medicines, has some risk of dependency. common side effects are headache, nausea, and fatigue. so if you suffer from middle-of-the-night insomnia, ask your doctor about intermezzo and return to sleep again. ♪ >>> the presi
a bit too well. the fda is requiring makers of ambien and similar sleeping pills to lower the dosages. the problem, increased risk of injury due to morning drowsiness. specifically, we're talking car accidents. regulators want the recommended dosage cut in half for women. >>> well, the flu is spreading fast and now the makers of vaccine and tamiflu is running short. the west coast so far and california not one of the states that are running short. >>> there is an overlap between symptoms in cold and flu but dr. kim says it comes down to timing. >> i'd say the best way to tell the two apart is with the flu symptoms hit you like a mack truck. suddenly out of the blue you might have a high fever, over 102. you feel muscle aches, overwhelming fatigue. you feel lousy. >> some doctors say this season looks bad because last year was unusually mild and the main strain of influenza this year tends to make people sicker. i know lawrence -- he got hit with a mack truck. >> he did. he was fine and then boom. >> i hope he feels better very soon.
sevile. >>> the government is targeting an active ingredient in ambien saying we're taking too much of it. zolpidem, the popular sleep aid, the fda cut the recommended dose in half and says doctors should do the same thing for men. welcome, doctor. >> thank you for having me. >> what is the issue here? >> we've known for a long time this is a help. the government is just concerned with new studies with driving simulators that these drugs are staying in our system much longer than we previously thought and it's essentially like driving drunk. it is impairing your thinking as you're getting up in the morning and it's a problem. >> but the fda is only issuing these guidelines for zolpidem for women, why not men? >> we have a different metabolism metabolism, smaller in size and factors we have yet to discover about women and their met preliminary of these drugs and so we have noticed this in the field ourselves and unfortunately there's millions these are affecting. kara kennedy this summer was taking ambien and had unfortunately an accident because of it. >> what k
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